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2017 The Geological Society’s Year of Risk

Themed years are at the heart of the Society’s science strategy, and throughout 2017 we will explore the concept of risk in the context of the geosciences, through research conferences, lectures, our education programme and other activities, find out more here

Risk related publications

SP426 Detecting, Modelling and Responding to Effusive Eruptions 

A complete history of operational satellite-based surveillance and lava-flow simulation capabilities for volcano crisis response, supported by tens of case studies focusing on key effusive eruptions witnessed over the last two decades.

 Detecting, Modelling and Responding to Effusive Eruptions
GOJAPP Geology of Japan (paperback)

This book offers an up-to-date comprehensive guide for those interested both in the geology of the Japanese islands and geological processes of island arcs in general.

 Geology of Japan paperback
SP419 Geoethics: the Role and Responsibility of Geoscientists

This Special Publication is an important tool for geoscientists, aimed at increasing the awareness of their social role and responsibility in conducting education, research and practice activities.

 Geoethics: the Role and Responsibility of Geoscientists
SP380 Remote Sensing of Volcanoes and Volcanic Processes: Integrating Observation and Modelling

Papers in this volume show how developments in remote sensing and modelling are advancing our understanding of the science of volcanology, volcanic hazards, volcanic processes and volcanic impacts on our environment.

 Remote Sensing of Volcanoes and Volcanic Processes: Integrating Observation and Modelling
SP305 Communicating Environmental Geoscience

This collection of papers addresses the issues surrounding communication of environmental geoscience. Vital for research dealing with environmental problems such as landslides, floods, earthquakes, and other natural hazards that affect people’s health and safety.

 Communicating Environmental Geoscience
USPE509 The 2011 Mineral, Virginia, Earthquake, and Its Significance for Seismic Hazards in Eastern North America

In response to the magnitude ~5.8 Mineral, Virginia, earthquake of 2011. Invaluable research for geoscientists, engineers, and decision-makers interested in understanding earthquakes and seismic hazards in eastern North America and other intraplate settings.

 The 2011 Mineral, Virginia, Earthquake, and Its Significance for Seismic Hazards in Eastern North America
USPE475 High Geologic Slip Rates since Early Pleistocene Initiation of the San Jacinto and San Felipe Fault Zones in the San Andreas Fault System, Southern California, USA

In Special Paper 475, five new estimates of displacement are developed using offset successions of crystalline rocks; distinctive marker beds in the late Cenozoic basin fill; analysis of strike-slip–related fault-bend folds; quantification of strain in folds at the tips of dextral faults; and gravity, magnetic, and geomorphic data sets.

USPE460 America’s Most Vulnerable Coastal Communities

This essential GSA Special Paper foreshadows the impending rise of sea level and the myriad of shoreline responses and political controversies it will provoke.

USPE425 Continental Intraplate Earthquakes: Science, Hazard, and Policy  Issues

This volume brings together a sampling of research addressing issues of continental intraplate earthquakes, including a core of papers from special sessions held at the spring 2004 Joint Assembly of the American and Canadian Geophysical Unions in Montreal. 

MPWTG Waking the Giant: How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes

Waking the Giant discusses how unmitigated climate change driven by human activities will lead to a not only a far hotter world, but also a more geologically fractious one.

 Waking the Giant

Year of Risk Collection 

Emphasis on risk has grown dramatically in recent decades, raising the subject from relative obscurity as the preserve of the financial sector and hazardous  industries to one that is now fully embraced in all aspects of geotechnical engineering. Risk assessment addresses three basic questions: What can happen? How likely is that to happen? If it does happen, what are the consequences? Risk can be expressed qualitatively (e.g. in words or risk scores) or quantitatively (probabilistically) depending on the circumstances. For many geoscientists, the focus has been on identifying threats (e.g. geohazards or contaminants), their chance of occurrence and the best ways to mitigate or manage their effects. However, dealing with risks also involves issues such as risk communication, perception and the use of acceptability criteria. 

This Collection contains a selection of popular papers covering a diverse range of topics related to geohazard risk. 

The Collection editor is Dr Mark Lee, Ebor Geoscience Limited UK. 

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